Surviving Lancaster: KB839

 

Last Updated: July 2008

Serial No:              KB839                  Mark:    X              Known Op's:  0

Current Location: Greenwood, Nova Scotia, Canada

Current Status:     Static Display - outside

Nickname:              Daisy And Her Pup's

Service History:

To UK 1-1-45, 32 MU St.Athan, 431 Sqn, RCAF SE-G, 419 Sqn, RCAF VR-D, Returned CDN 10-6-45, 661 (Heavy Bomber) Wing, Yamouth, Nova Scotia for Tiger Force, No. 2 Air Command del'd 6-45, Stored at Peace, Alberta del'd 8-9-45, Avro Canada, Malton, Onartio for conversion to Mk.10 AR, 450 (MR) Sqn, RCAF, 408 (P) Sqn, RCAF AK-839. Stored at Dunville, Ontario del'd c.1961. Returned to Greenwood, Nova Scotia c.1964

Comments:

 

2/9/44: Built with Packard built Rolls-Royce Merlin 224 engines flight-tested

 

Unknown date: sent to Avro Canada at Malton; one of three converted to Mk10AR including the added equipment such as six camera positions, search/navigational radar, electronic surveillance aerials, and new nose and rear fairing, with the survival equipment in the rear turret.

 

c.1964: returned to Greenwood as a proposed pedestal mount; then repainted in #419 Sqn colours and preserved at RCAF Greenwood; now preserved in G.M.A. Museum. Had a new paint scheme, code 'AF-A' applied for the RCAF anniversary in 1999. The Greenwood Museum has restored KB839 to resemble Lancaster’s which flew out or RCAF Station Greenwood from 1949 until they were replaced by the Neptune in 1955.

 

c.1988: Engines sent to Canadian Warplane Heritage for use on Flying Lancaster FM213

 

Production Data:

Part of the first production batch of 300 aircraft built by Victory Aircraft Limited, Malton, Ontario, Canada. KB700-KB999 (produced 'before' the FM-Serial batch). Packard built Rolls-Royce Merlin 38 engines in the first 75 aircraft; Merlin 224 engines in the subsequent aircraft. Deliveries commenced to Britain 9-43; completed 3-45 (average rate of production, approximately 4 aircraft per week). Victory Aircraft Construction Number 37140

Surviving Lancaster: KB839

 

Last Updated: July 2008